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1 Heavenly Father, again we want to thank You for love, mercy and grace extended at this time Lord, knowing it's a very special grace and mercy of this hour in which it says that the conditions were such that He would come and destroy all, but Lord, You sent us a messenger, Your ordained messenger, Your prophet, when we found truth and grace in Your sight. So Father, we pray we shall not ever use it unwittingly, or even in any manner which is wrong Lord, but just in humility and love Lord, and learning to get out of the way, Your Word might dwell in us richly and come through us. Now Father, we of ourselves can contribute nothing to this service but we do have bodies, we have minds, and ears, lips, tongues, faculties Lord, that are given to us in the natural; we pray, tonight, that You will take them and may they become spiritual so that Your Name might be glorified Lord, that Your Name might be honored, and we be blessed, in Jesus' Name, we pray, Amen. You may be seated.
2Now before we read from page 45 of the Token where we left off at, I want to sort of bring some information on what was kind of garbled last Sunday when I referred to the body as being made up of three parts, of course, which are physically speaking are you know the limbs, the trunk and the head. And, of course, it is three parts also, body, soul and spirit but it's physically thus, too. But in the mystical Body of Christ which is the Bride which we are also referring to, her body of itself does not possess a head for her Head is Christ, thus the Bride body which is forming consists of two parts which are trunk and limbs. Now that's we're talking of the physical. Sure, she has a head but her Head is Christ, and He's not…or was not here previously so the physical was being brought up into manifestation over the seven Church Ages and actually there were only two parts of the body but you must remember now that when you're talking about the body of the Bride, it's not just a human figure that you're speaking of but the Bride is described as the pyramidal city so Bro. Branham drew all the time the Bride as seven ages as a pyramidal structure as a pyramid.
3Now the pyramid according to Bro. Branham is waiting the Capstone which comes down on the pyramid and will complete it. Now notice carefully he described a certain part that is not really a part of the pyramid per se and would not even have to be there—and we're talking the physical pyramid that Enoch built—would not even have to be there if the capstone had been placed on the pyramid as a continuing building process in its making.
Now as I say, just give you a repeat on that that Bro. Branham spoke of a certain part that was there on the pyramid which was actually not a part of the pyramid itself but it was put there and it would not have been put there on that pyramid had the process of building that pyramid gone on; the capstone then would have just simply set upon that building. Now maybe we just draw that out. I don't know how…You know I'm not very good at this but that's all right. I'm not very good at pulling the curtain either. I guess there's a little bit of a little problem here, haven't we? All right.
4Now he mentioned here that we have a pyramid. Now I won't make that too big. It's not a very good pyramid and to put a capstone, well, it should be as wide there. Anyways, now see this pyramid here physically was built by Enoch and you'll notice it is squared off at the top. There's the cap which would've been put on it had the pyramid been meant to have a capstone would have been on there and this thing up here would not be here. Now what is that? That's what he called "a flange".
Now a flange was put up there to keep out the rain and the dirt and anything per se that was not a part of the design or plan. All right, now you see, the design or plan was to bring up the pyramid this far and there was nothing to be in here outside the design or plan, nothing whatsoever. See, that's why you don't find bodies and everything else in there like they kind of think they're supposed to be. This is…what it is, is what Enoch built concerning the Bible in stone, prophetic for the future. So to keep everything out of there, you know they put that flange on top of it.
Now, but when was the flange placed there? Now we're talking of the flange that Bro. Branham spoke of on the pyramid and it's likened to a Bride and the Bride likened to a pyramid so there's got to be a flange or something at this hour what we're speaking of.
5Now at no time could it be there except at the end when the capstone would be placed there, to finish it all off. Now what I'm saying is here in the spiritual it went up in seven distinct steps. Now you couldn't have a flange down here because see, it wasn't high enough, and you couldn't have a flange here. How many do you got there? Two, three, four, five, well, you know this is about seven ages—now you couldn't have it down here, you couldn't have it here, you couldn’t have it here. There's only one place you could come into complete correlation with that pyramid and that would be just at the place where the capstone could fit down. Do you see what I'm saying? Okay.
Now, the flange as I understand what the prophet said was a ministry so perfectly one with Christ that the Headstone would fit right down on it. So before the Headstone could come down, see now remember, the Headstone was up here and I'll just show you a little better picture of it, see like we get a little better view here. That's not good either but it's all right. See, coming from Him in…as the Holy Spirit coming down and through the Word of God, living Word of God for every age, through the seven church age messengers, the seven eyes, seven spirits, before the throne, whatever you want to say, it's all the same. This living Word coming down here, age one, two, three, four, five, six and seven and then what it would appear time that the Headstone would come down, everything pointing to It, the Headstone could not come down until the times of the flange was there. See?
6Now that flange is the perfect ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ which would indicate and vindicate that Headstone spiritually speaking would be able to take His position as the Holy Spirit that started down here as a cornerstone. The cornerstone is not capstone, well; it is but actually the capstone in the sense of what it is, perfectly they are the same but they're not the same as I draw this. See? It's the cornerstone rejected becomes the capstone. Now, what I'm trying to say was that this is not the same as this when it comes to this is alpha and that's omega. Now you see it fit here perfectly. Now this wouldn't fit up here and that wouldn't fit down here. So He's the same yesterday, today, and forever but you've got to understand that though He never changes essentially He plays those roles in different manners and under different conditions. So this here is the same as this, and the life that's coming down here is building up. See? The life coming down building up, and building up, building up until it's all down here and this is supposed to come down but there's a flange there. See?
Now you say, "Well, how do I know because it's in the realm of the spirit, how will I know if the Headstone's come down?" "Because there will be a flange;" as Bro. Branham said, "a ministry so perfect, absolutely the same ministry they had when He was here in the flesh that you will know that this is that One that descends then with a Shout, the Voice of an archangel, the Trump of God," and so on. Now, of course, we believe the Message so we follow and we understand what we're saying here. So we see then the Headstone Himself could fit right down upon that the same as this could come down upon that and as this then would be here, this last bunch up here at the top, would sort of be like the whole thing in a flange up here would be of that very perfect ministry bringing that Capstone down. We'll get a little more into that later on.
7Now, so I'm presenting to you this thought from June 11th, 1933 to…March 18, 1963—we've got dates you see—we have God and the prophet bringing through a vindicated ministry the very flange we talk about and this will designate—we'll designate this—as the Presence and the Appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ to the prophet and to him alone making this Malachi 4 in completion from the God and His prophet's viewpoint. Now do you understand what I'm saying there?
We're talking about presenting that from the June 11th, that's when He appeared in the river down in 1933 to March 18th, the opening of the Seals. I'm not taking it back…I am taking it back to the angelic visitation there, March, right there and the opening of the Seals we have God in the prophet, and I'll tell you a little later why we put it in that place there. We have God and the prophet bringing through a vindicated ministry the very flange we talk about and this I'll designate as the Presence and Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ through the prophet and with him alone. Now dealing with the prophet alone those coming to us, God is not dealing with the body; He's dealing with an individual for the body. Now do you hear what I'm saying? Making this Malachi 4 completely from the viewpoint of God in His prophet; that is in the last days I'm going to come and destroy utterly and I'll leave neither root nor branch, showing that when judgment sets in. Of course, it carries right on to the end of the Millennium and right on to the lake of fire and annihilation. So you see you're starting…you're finishing a complete era and starting a completely new one that's the viewpoint of the prophet, same time, or God in His prophet, at the same time He said, "I'll send Elijah the prophet, so I won't destroy utterly." Do you understand what I'm saying? There's a ministry here; it's from that viewpoint. All right.
8Now to see the chronology of it all I'll present this to you. On March 18, 1963 the Lord Jesus Christ still in the form of the Holy Spirit comes down as living Word Logos with the Shout to the Bride. Now you see we're bringing this in now to deeper manifestation of we're coming to Headship. Now you see at this particular time, the Holy Spirit is down but He's not taking His Headship. He's showing exactly who He is under the conditions that He presented so that she will know her Groom, the Word, and in that revelation coming down from heaven, one foot on land and sea, that's the time He is taking Headship over a Bride and He's appearing to her in that particular sense.
Not now appearing to the prophet for his ministry alone but to take his position to the Bride. The capstone has to fit on the flange and this is Rev 10:1-7. And you'll notice right there in Rev 10:1-7 we'll just look at It—it said,
(1) …I saw another mighty (messenger) come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: …a rainbow…on his head, (He's the only one that got the rainbow; that's the Holy Spirit that's sitting on the throne; that's God) …his face was as it were the sun, …his feet as pillars of fire:
(2) And…(on) his (right) hand (he had) a little book… …his hand (he had) a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot (upon) the earth,
Now remember, the one took the book out of the hand of the Lamb. Now remember, the book was open and heaven came down here.
(3) And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: (It didn't say a lion did roar; it says 'as when a lion roareth'; so it says the lion will roar later on. That Amos tells us. When the lion roareth, you know, that's God speaking. All right.) …when he cried, seven thunders uttereth their voices.
Now where was that? That was on earth, not in heaven. See? So therefore, the revelation was in silence in heaven, spoken down here on earth.
(4) And…the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
(5) And the (messenger) which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
(6) And sware by (himself and only God can swear by Himself) … who created heaven, and the things that therein are, …the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things (that) are therein, that there should be time no longer:
(7) But in the days of the voice of the seventh (messenger), when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets,
Now It tells you right there that this messenger that's on earth is here when this mighty One comes down to earth from heaven, so they are both upon earth. Now that's the descent of the Shout. That's 1 Thessalonians, the 4th chapter as well as this…as this one in Revelation here.
9Now "in the days of the voice of the seventh messenger," and remember, this one, the prophet is the voice of Almighty God. Now remember, when God said to Moses, "You will be God to Aaron and he will be your mouth." We'll get into some of those things perhaps. All right.
Now in the days of this person on earth which is the seventh church age messenger he will be a prophet because it says the mystery of God should be finished, that's consummated, completed, as God has declared the good news of His gospel to His servants the prophets. And there is only one person that would ever know what God really said to a prophet and how He said it and why He said and the reason He said it and the interpretation would need a prophet. There would be nobody else that would get it.
10Now then what would the flange be then to a body? Well, again I'm not very good at drawing bodies but we might, you know, take a little bit of a crack at it here. So you know, those are nice square shoulders, nice square arms coming down, kind of thin for that type of person. Okay, that's about as far as we need to go. Okay, now we got a body let's say, cut him off down here and what would be a flange for headship? Well, it's quite simple. It would be the neck. Wouldn't it? So you don't notice that people ever talk too much about those things but that would have to be where your flange comes. See, it would come right in this area here. All right, it would be the neck.
So let's just take a little piece of Scripture here from the Songs of Solomon in the 4th chapter and the 4th verse. Now here he's said, …
(1) Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair…as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. (Now this is the Bridegroom speaking to the Bride. And then down in the 4th verse.)
(4) Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, (The neck like an armory?) whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.
That's awful stupid. You don't have a neck you hang a bunch of armour on; the armour is put in a hall in a building. So this is strictly spiritual. Now he said it's an armory. That's a place where all the armour is like, you know the Bible says, "be clothed with the armour of God; put on the full armour." And It says in here that "it's a tower like David builded." Who was David? He was the prophet king of whom comes…of whom we see it's Jesus. And then whereon hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men. What did Bro. Branham have in his vision? Shields? The armour? The buckle? What are the thousands of men? What the Bride has relied upon through all ages is this Word that came down from here and came up and now at the end time there's a flange on it that keeps everything out that doesn't belong in there. See? So you got a…this interim period here which is in the seventh Church age but is not Laodicean but it's Bride age, that move on for the Bride you've got a very, very special thing here at the end time. Now notice! We'll talk more about it.
11The neck is what we call this part of the anatomy from the exterior. Anatomically the exterior is called a neck. And the Bride is, therefore now, all beautiful without as well as within, as it says in Songs of Solomon 4 and I guess it's verse 9, maybe. Watch what the Bridegroom says!
(9) Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; (That's right.) thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with (the) chain…one chain of thy neck.
Now what's she doing? She's looking to him and her throat is girded, her testimony visible with the Word of God because gold is faith tried in the fire which is the revealed Word that you suffer and die for if necessary. Now she's girded with that. So you can see all this armory and this great tower of David is the Word of the living God, and it's all brought up, all this revealed faith is brought up as a chain around her neck because she alone possesses the full revelation and couldn't have it outside of this period in here with the God and His prophet, situation. All right.
12And here than in Sol 4:9 it mentions the golden chain on the Bride's neck. It sets the Groom into an ecstasy of love and that's what He answers to. He won't answer to gifts. He won't answer to sensations. He won't answer to anything the world looks for. He answers only to revealed Word which is pure faith. Gold positions her, her real revealed faith so she is a Word Bride and she is perfectly beautiful.
However, when you talk of the word 'neck' you don't talk of that internally, you talk of the 'throat' as being internal. The neck is external; the throat is internal and it's an anatomical description then of the inside of the neck. Now let's just look at that throat and it's not a very pretty picture in the natural. We go to the 5th Psalm which is also found in the Book of Romans which I don't think we'll necessarily look at. Now It says here,
(1) Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my mediation.
(2) Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
(3) My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and (I) will look up.
(4) For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
(5) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
(6) Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: (and) the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
(7) But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
(8) Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make (my) way straight before my face.
(9) For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. (Now you see…)
(10) Destroy…them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
Notice in there they're open sepulcher; the flatter tongue, under their lips as Roman says is the poison of asp and so on. Now you'll notice what…there's the throat of the world churches doing is speaking through from what is inside. They're speaking from what is inside denominations but the Bride here, the throat speaking will speak what comes up as life and the flange will stop any deterioration where this had a problem and deteriorated; there will be no deterioration, there's a perfect perfection there.
13Now we'll go a little further here. Now I want you to notice very carefully that the voice box is in the throat and not the head. Now let me put a head up here if you like. Now you notice though the mouths enunciates words and they're totally set from here, if there's no voice box; there's no speaking. See? So the voice box or the actual place where the voice is, is in the throat.
This is number one, God with the prophet and in the prophet. So up in here comes God in the prophet or the Headship, see, the Headship here coming down will speak through a prophet. As it says in 1 Thessalonians 4; it is not said to be the voice of the Lord Himself and it is not. And when it says that One that speaketh from heaven that did speak upon earth, will speak upon earth and you'll notice it's the thunders that are upon earth, so Hebrews 12 and Revelation 10 is one and the same thing. That's easily understood.
Now then, number one, speaking of the throat here, God with the prophet, in the prophet, or the Word in the prophet and now number two, the Voice or Word has come to the Bride for the prophet is gone but not the Lord Jesus Christ in the form of the Holy Spirit. "The Pillar of Fire will lead us," as the prophet said, "into the Millennium."
14And since the flange and Headship, now we've got the flange and Headship, the pure Word of God is in the Bride and she will not denominate or fall by creeds or take 'the lie' as said is 2 Thessalonians 2 but is in the light which fulfills 1 John, "If you walk in the light as He is in the light you have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin." It also fulfills, "They without us cannot be made perfect." See? Because look; "It's appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment." Why? Because sin. These people have died down here but this Bride doesn't die. They're going to have to come out of the ground but these will not go into the ground, so there's got to be immortality come to them. How's it going to come? It's going to come this way. Why? Because if they went off the Word back there if they ever get onto the Word the way they should they'll stretch forth their hand and walk into eternal life because that's what God stopped Adam from doing because they weren't fit for it.
They could have lived forever. So it shows you that there's a place that man was already ordained to in the economy of God that he was going to become immortal. See? And this is that hour here. And you notice because the flange is the way it is set up, the head up here now, the flange, the whole thing, there's a whole body now becomes perfect, "and they without us cannot be made perfect," Bro. Branham said, "and they're waiting for this Message and this Bride to raise the dead," because without that up here, they could not come up. See? Because they went off. This Bride does not go off. Now that's what we want to look at and keep that in mind.
15Also, we are also in 1 Corinthians 13, It tells you "that which is perfect is come. Who is perfect but God? And who is God but the Word?" The Logos come down and the Life that wrote this Book has now fulfilled It for this hour proving that He is the Life and He is the Life that wrote this Word and now making this Word live. And the Word of the hour, of course, is where Satan came and tricked Eve and he said, "No, you won't surely die." Now the tables are turned on the devil because now Christ comes on the scene and He said, "You surely won't die," and we won't die. Now I might die because I'm getting up there where death is more than possible. There's a lot of you young folks sitting here too, you could die by tomorrow morning. We don't know who is going to die but we do know there's going to be a people standing here. See?
16So now, now that brings us back to actually the blood and I want to explain what I got in mind there. Well, let me see. Now we can take and…here is the lintel and here's your doorpost. Here we are here. Now I've noticed in ancient drawings where sometimes they sort of slanted that, those doors. Now if that's the case they would eventually have formed a pyramid. So you see they put that flange across the top there, too. Then you notice that different houses were made that way. Well, here's the door here. Here's a little drawing here that's kind of like they had way back in ancient times. I don't know why they got them this way but they had these little parapets up there and those parapets up there and here's the door.
Okay, now you'll notice that the Bible says that there…let's go back and take a look at Exodus 12 and maybe we can just read that. Not too good of a preacher and I'm a far worse artist. Now he said here, …
(7) …they shall take…the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper…post of the houses, wherein (you) shall eat it.
Now I guess the thought pertaining to this subject on striking with blood means a splotch here and a splotch here and a splotch there. I'm not convinced that that's right because we're running our types all the way through and we're talking about a Bride a human figure, we're talking about a pyramid and the things have got to run in continuity to get our types, I would believed that they…that what you got is this. See, what they did, they painted. You don't get much stink from a little dab of blood. Bro. Branham said, "It was going to stink." So, what we're looking at here is essentially because as I say I've seen the old pictures that the doors were usually slanted. See? So, we'll just take and draw kind of a slant up like this here, showing that eventually we would taper off there. See? Now, the blood because there was life in it and it was shed, you have actually life promised and indicated until such a time that the Son would come. See? And shed His blood. See? That coming up all the way through.
17Now over here in a true pyramid you've got not blood coming up but you've got the life coming up. See? All the way here and from the source of life until it comes to the Life Giver Himself, the Giver of Life, right up there. Now, when you refer to the human body you have a circulatory system, see, you've got the same thing because this which was shed from here it's got to come back up and it comes up until the Giver of Life Himself comes down upon this here. So we look at this picture then, the Life shed out of the blood gives a perfect redemption. It's the Life that was in the blood here gave these people a perfect redemption looking forward to the Son coming. Now the bloodshed from Eden up until the time of Jesus Christ was the Token of redemption until the redeemer life, Christ our life came, and He came in human form. Now the Life that's come up through the Bride until we come to the very source of Life itself, you see. And if it's going to fall in continuity it's got to do the same thing because it's the blood which was the source of life, it wasn't life itself, brought, you to Him who is Life, who shed His Life, the Life then will bring you to the Life. Now a lot of people get all mixed up; they get all mixed up with what they think the little tiny bit of here, here's God, all life. Here a little fellow down here, oh, he's a pipsqueak like this here, and so the blood comes in and kind of works all through here, covers it, and he gets one little bit of life. Now is that That? Why there's no more fullness of God in this man than in a turnip almost. A little more than a turnip but I'm not going to go too far because look, that's ridiculous. How can anybody be…so carnal minded in their thinking in the things of Almighty God? See?
18So it brings us to the very source of Life Himself. Now the source of life is not the human body. See? No, the source it was not. The Life created that body, brought itself into a body, but the life was distinct from the body. Always was! Not a distinction like you might want to put too far removed; there's a relationship, certainly, but you've got to remember that body was a long time in getting here and God's eternal. So what we're seeing now then is in every area we're seeing a picture and type of coming to a Headship and since the Headship is in the Holy Spirit, there has got to be a Headship before the Bride gets away. That's why the Lord descends with a Shout which is a Message, puts Himself at the head of the Church which He has now done in order to raise the dead. And the dead will be raised when the Bride reaches a state of the perfection that God wants in her if it's only ten people. So you don't have to look for big congregations. Well, we all trust we're all a part but it doesn't necessarily mean we are. We all by faith believe we are.
19Now so having cleared up what I sort of rambled on Sunday and got a little bit confused on. We'll go back now to the page…it's page 45. We'll start reading again in the book and we've gone through about thirty-five minutes.
[45-1] Remember, the covenant Blood, the covenant Blood is not recognized without the Token. You cannot…say, "Well, I've been sanctified from things." (A lot of people, you know, have…live sanctified lives, you know separated lives and it doesn't mean that they're born again.)
[45-2] That is not the Token. …the Spirit is the Token. The Spirit of Christ upon you; (That's called the epi-baptism.) Believe It!
[45-3] Now, look, the Word assures us of a promise. All of these are texts I've set down here. Just keep on preaching all day, it looks like, on this, see. The Word assures us of a promise, because It is the Promise. (What is the promise? The Word's a promise.) The Word is the Promise, and the Word is God, and the Word is ours.
Now he's talking of the present day reality that there is a promise, that Word here is a promise that was written many, many years ago for this very hour and the Word is God. Now the Word is not God per se except in a printed form; it is a mechanized revelation; it's not dynamized. And the Word is ours. So God Himself comes on the scene is Logos, indicates, vindicates and then the Life that you see manifested and know to be there that's what you have to have. See? And there's a promise for it. Now the people don't believe that. See? The Word fulfilled is simply the Word manifested, and the Word fulfilled is simply God manifested. And if God is manifested, the question comes what does God want of me? He wants you to receive the Token. He's warning you. He's admonishing you. He's showing you that the Token is the (must?). All right.
[45-4] We become the Word, and the Word becomes us.
20Now you don't become Logos per se, you're just a little part of Logos but this here the Word of the hour which has been revealed you and I become. Now that's not too vague. John the Baptist could have said, "I am the Word of God manifested in human flesh."
"Who are you, John?"
"Well," he said, "I'm Isaiah 40, I'm also Malachi 3, part of Malachi 4."
"What does that mean?"
"Well," he said, "I am the living Word of God."
Now the prophet is the living Word of God manifested and consequently every person in his own little place is also a little bit of the living Word of God manifested that you become the Word…the promise of that hour. Just like under Luther, justification: under Wesley, sanctification: under Pentecost, restoration of gifts. Now we don’t bypass those and say they're nothing; we admit that they're there but there's something else that's come on today which is the Word of eternal Life or immortality. We're in a different category and we are that Word.
[45-4] … "If you abide in Me and My Word in you..."
Well, that is as simple as a-b-c. If you've got that seed in you I don't care if it's a…if it's a pumpkin seed but you could supercede that pumpkin seed life with a fig life that pumpkin so-called would have to bring forth figs. But you see that's what you're looking at here. We may be human beings which we are but that Word in us now is going to come forth according to the promise that God set forth in this hour.
[45-4] Now we become the Word, …the Word becomes us. …"If you abide in Me and My Word in you…" then, it just becomes one great big family.
This great big family here and the people themselves become one family. Now they never had the family back in the first age like you would have the family in this age. Now notice in the first age they brought all their goods together and laid them at the apostles' feet and they had a squabble, brought on a squabble right off the bat. Some people said, "Well, I put a lot in the pot here and I'm not getting much back." Well, if that's what you put it in for you shouldn't have put it in the first place; just kept it. If you have your own chicken, make your own chicken soup and put your noodles in, you've got it made. See? But they didn't do it.
22Now they never had…they never had the family relationship that this is promised to this Bride and that's our goal. And that's the goal that's to be aspired to in this church. See? Like Bro. Branham said, "Us Branham's," he said, "we'd fight in the backyard…but don't you…but in the frontyard;" he said, "we don't fight." Well, that's pretty good thinking. And he said, "Woe betide the person that comes and tries to join in the fight." [Congregation laughs.] You know, it's the quickest way in the world…that's why the cops never liked to come into a place where the husband and wife are fighting because first thing off the poor cop is in there and getting his head busted in by a two-by-four or something else or the wife decides to pour the scalding water on him because he grabbed her husbands' arm. He's going to bust her neck and she's going to bust his nose. The smartest thing is to stand back and watch it. That's the world. I'm not saying the church should be that way but I'm just giving you a picture. Fighting in the backyard, fighting in the frontyard; they don't fight in the frontyard. See? All right.
23A big family. Now he said,
[45-4] …then, it just becomes one great big family. It assures us, because why? (He simply means that how is it so.) Why, it is a part of us. It becomes part of us. What a text. All right. Assures us of a promise.
[45-5] The token is a sign that the purchase has been made and has been accepted. (That's true.) Now, you can't get the token from the railroad company unless…you pay the fare. And you know that the way you're going to pay the fare price? Just pay it. That's right. What? (And it means how do you pay it? Well, he said,) Believe it; accept it.
Now there's the big trick right there that people don't understand that it is without sensation. Say how often did Bro. Branham tell that to the people and they couldn't accept it? Give me some kind of a sign. Like a fellow he was preaching, he preached first of all that love was the evidence. So a man out west in Tucumcari, he said, "Well, brother," he said, …"that's not what the prophet said."
He said, "What do you mean?"
"Well, the prophet said the evidence was not love; he didn't teach it anymore. He said, 'It is believing the Word'."
So when we got to talking one day with this man he denied it and he said to me, "Well," he said, "You see, I just teach you've got to have some evidence for yourself." Well, if you've got to have some evidence for yourself apart from God, "Hi, Sister Eve, drop dead. Go take the devil's lie. Go get your own evidence. Find out for yourself whether God told the truth or not."
Look it, you know I'm going to tell you something this is one reason I bristle on this thing called love which is no more love than a dead horse. It's just sweet sickening lies. Eve was not raped. She was seduced. Her eyes were opened and she saw the deuce which is the devil. I caught you on that didn't I? Give him the deuce means give him the devil. [Congregation laughs.] I know those old words if you don't. Come from the old time school. Eve was flattered into it and confidentially she loved every minute and got her husband doing it, too. You'll never get people to believe that. Forget it. Forget I even preached it. All right.
[45-6] Full obedience to the full Word of God will entitle you to the Token. Full obedience, (What's full obedience? Well, everything you understand from what the prophet gave us from vindication. Say, "Well, my church…." Never mind your church. Listen!) Full obedience—not…part of it, as far as your denomination goes—but all of it. (You don't argue anymore whose right. This is right. See?) Full obedience to the Word, which is Christ, brings you into Christ.
24Well, what if you only got to the place where you recognize that's God? Well, that's all you need at that point. Go on from there. That's your start. You say, "I know that's God." Many a man stood in Bro. Branham's meetings and knew that was God; not the person himself but knew God was there. How He was there they didn't know. How much did Bro. Branham; they didn't know. What all they didn't know but they knew God. It had to be God. That's the start. Then that being the start where did he take you to get the Holy Ghost? We'll read that in page 46 or so. Just keep reading now.
[45-7] Now, what if you were all in, but your feet hanging out?
In other words, say, "Well, hey, I believe that but my denomination says no such thing. Well, that is just one little point." That's just enough to destroy the whole thing. You know it doesn't say the…it doesn't say the dead horse and the slough spoils the pot of the apothecary's ointment; it's the little fly in the apothecary's onintment. It's those little things—the little one worder's—"Thou shalt not die," but she did; took all of us with her, too.
[45-7] What if you was all in, but hand hanging out? Most all…in but your heart hanging out? The heart's in the world, yet, see. But we don't do that now. Full, complete obedience puts you and the Word, one. You believe It every bit, and all of It is in you, and you watch It working through you.
25Well, you believe It all that, what's it going to do? It's going to bring you exactly where It brought that first bunch at the day of Pentecost. They didn't know for diddlys what was going on but they sure knew something was going on. And those that said this is God's and what must be we do? Full obedience! Full obedience is not you knowing every single word and then you getting the Holy Ghost, doing every single thing God wants and you getting the Holy Ghost; it's you doing exactly what you're supposed to do at that time that gets you the Holy Ghost. From that time it's onward, upward, upward, upward, filling, filling, filling and moving on. What did they do at the day of Pentecost? You show me the steps they went through. We'll get to it in just a minute, you'll see here. You watch and then he said,
[45-7] You believe It every bit, and all of It is in you, and you watch It working through you. (And you watch what you receive at that point begin to work through you and then the more that comes in, you watch It work through you on that. Now he said here,)
[45-8] You don't go about with a bunch of carrying on. (Now this is the baptized faith. Now watch! Bro. Branham goes back and forth, this is what…?...) No matter what anybody says, they'll never touch you; you're in Christ. You're safe as you can be. When death knocks at the door, it has no hold on you, on you not at all. Why? It is just stepping out of here into there. (That's the dimension. See?)
[45-9] Age doesn't mean a thing. You've…passed from age; you're in Eternity; because you're in Him. He is Eternal. Doesn't mean a thing. Whether you're …old, young, middle-aged, or whatever you are. Pretty, ugly, short, fat, what—doesn't matter a thing.
[46-1] You don't go around, and all these other things. You've…passed from that. You're dead.
26In other words, you've struck reality. Now you're not all over there…all the way there. If we were all the way there by the baptism with the Holy Ghost and this is the thing that counts, in other words, you've got this perfect thing here in your life: why would he say the Bride is awfully green but she's got to lie in the presence of the Son to get ripened up, all dried out? So you got to watch the language, what he's saying here. He said,
[46-1] You've…passed from that. You're dead. Your life is hid in God through Christ. You're sealed in there by the Holy Ghost, walking in Christ. The only object you see, is Christ. That is right. That is all you want. Oh, my.
That's why the Bride had one eye single. Didn't talk about two eyes. She had the one eye was single and the body is full of light when you've got one eye. Why? Because you're looking at one object, looking at one source of light and you're bound by the Word of God.
[46-1] No wonder you could sing that song:
"Fill my way every day with love,… (Now let me.. Now, he said, Watch here now.)
[46-2] Let me be your brother. Let me live the example, what Christ said a man should be. Let me be a brother to a brother, a brother to a sister. …a minister to the ministers. Let me be an example of examples. Let me show to the world that this Word is Christ, and the only way I can do it, is to come into Him, because I can't do it myself; you can't do it, but let the Word and you become one, and then It lives Itself out.
27What if he didn't have all that Word? You can only consciously be in that frame if you go through the filter, the filter of the Word. So what's he saying? He's talking just as he talked in the Stature of a Perfect Man [62-1014M]. When you enter into this life you've entered into the end where you're coming into a Bride which is a super super super personality. Now the Word must come to the place where It lives Itself out. Now if you receive the Word… Now let me go…let me go down here a little further.
[46-3] You are a walking epistle of Jesus Christ, when He has got complete control—control of you to make every word... If He says come this way, "I want to do this," …you say, "No, no, I don't believe that." See, you're not in the Word, yet, see….
[46-4] Now, watch fully now. Full obedience to the whole Word of God entitles us to the Token. Then, when we…pray, we must have the Token…present…to present our prayers… we can have the Token to present…our prayers. If you say, "I pray, Lord, but you really… haven't..." Well, there you go. You just might as well stop. Go in first, and get the Token, see, because the Token is what He will recognize. (Now that's Romans 8.) … And when we pray, then we must present the Token: (Now listen!) "Lord, I have fully obeyed You…. I've repented of my sins. I feel…You've forgiven me. I've been baptized into the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is upon me.
Now that's the full obedience when he talks about the Token, then if you have the Token you begin to walk in light as He is in the light. See if that isn't true where would you find Luther? They never had the light to walk in that we had but they had all the light they needed. What about Wesleyan's? What about Pentecost? Now Pentecost hasn't changed one iota from the time they had the real thing for that age. See, they always were off the mark. Now where are they today? There's nothing there. Where are you and I? The same process, now that's how I see this. Someone may see it different. If you do that's fine.
28Then he said here,
[46-4] Now, I have need of a certain thing for Your glory. Lord, I ask…it. For it is mine now."
In other words, he said, "When you can come to God, you can come unto the assurance of the Holy Spirit Token and you can say, 'Lord, I've got need of this thing and if I get it I'll use it for Your glory. I have every right to it because I have the Token. I've got all the proof that I am a son and You deal with us as sons'."
[46-5] …It is yours, see. Then it is all over; it is all over; it is settled. I ask for this. I ask for it. I must have it. I want it for Your glory." … Then He just gives it to you. Then you know it is yours. That is the way it is with our children, and so forth; you apply the Blood. Believe it. That is all.
What's he talking about? Well, it's that spirit again…he's back to how you receive the Holy Spirit. That's how I see what he's saying here because you apply the Blood. Now nobody applies any Blood. You receive, you accept by faith what was done for you through the Blood. See?
[47-1] All right, what does He do, then? When you…can present the Token with your prayers, it shows…you have fully come to the obedience to the whole Word of God.
29See? What is the full obedience? The full obedience is to receive the Token. Now the next thing is "what you ask in My Name and you will receive." So now you're obeying that step. He said, "You ask not because…you have not because you ask not. Or you ask that you may consume it upon your lust." So now you've got to come to that point. Say, "Lord, well, I don't need it for anything except for Your glory. If it can't be used for Your glory, then I don't want it." So you see, you got to….you just keep moving along, moving along, moving along.
[47-1] When you've got the Token, it shows…you have obeyed every Word, then, you and the Word are One. You're only asking for the thing that you are. (There's something I wanted to read to you here but we'll just keep reading till I find it.)
[47-2] Now then, why you know, if I say to this, "Hand, you obey me. Reach out for that handkerchief." It does it. Hand obeyed me. Why? It is part of me. Then, when you and the Word becomes One, every promise... Glory to God! Every promise is yours. It obeys you. Then, you want to watch what you want to do. (Now watch this.)
[47-3] You wouldn't put your hand in a fire…to see if you could do it. Oh, no. But if there is something in that fire I have to reach for, my hand will obey me. That is right. You want to watch what you are doing.
[47-4] That is the reason the Holy Spirit is sparingly given out and things.
Now the person wanted the Holy Spirit in order to have an anointed ministry and do signs and wonders you could get it but not the baptism. You'd just get an anointing. And if perchance you did get the baptism because the grace of Almighty God because you weren't trained properly to ask right, if you really did get the Holy Spirit you'd swing right around and follow the Word correctly. You wouldn't stay in error. There's no way. But you see, Bro. Branham in this hour does not put it down to that. He said starting with That is where you go and you go all the way with It.
30Now you've got to watch what you're doing. And the Holy Spirit, sure It's given out sparingly. The Holy Spirit is not given to anyone that's not in the election. Let's understand that. It's not foreordained Bride; it's elected and predestinated. And what about the other thing? He's telling you that's why a lot of prayers aren't answered. The Holy Spirit sparingly will plead and ask for things that you and I can have. If our motive is wrong it won't come. James tells us that.
[47-4] You know what I mean. Because, a real servant of God, doesn't show off with It, you see. That is it. That is making a show.
Now you remember I told you the angel of the Lord told Bro. Branham he made a show of his gift. I don't understand how that took place. Don't ask me. I got no way to understand that. I thought it was very, very sensible how he did it but there was something in there that displeased God.
[47-5] When we pray, we present the Token; and it shows we have fully obeyed. (See?)
[47-6] Paul tells us that the blood speaks. ...Anyone knows…the blood…actually…cannot speak. It's a chemistry. (It's a chemical. See?) Is that right? How many know that? …how many know that the blood speaks? …put that down: Genesis 4:10. God said, "What about your brother?" He said, "His blood cries from the earth against you." Amen. Is that right? His blood is speaking. Hallelujah! God said, "What about him?"
Cain said, "I'm not my brother's keeper."
God said, "His blood is crying out. His blood is crying out." It is a token. It is a token that he had been killed. His blood is crying out, against him.
[47-7] Now, if you go to…Genesis 4:10, then in Hebrews 12:24, … "The blood of Jesus speaketh better things than that."
[47-8] See, Abel, …was a righteous man. He died; he died innocent because he was in the way. He was in the way, standing for the real revelation he had. He spoke it, cried out; the just blood of Abel cried out against Cain. But the Blood of Jesus Christ not only cried out It redeemed us. … (That's like the throat, see?)
[48-1] It speaks better things. It makes you sons and daughters. It hides you from the wrath of God. See, the blood of Abel could not hide Cain, but the Blood of Jesus can. Amen. (See?)
[48-2] So, Cain come out, today. If you've been a persecutor against the Word, and say, "Days of miracles are passed." And this thing is all nonsense, and things like that... It's crying out. The blood of Jesus Christ cries out, that He has forgiven us in It, if you'll just accept It. (Now you see he lets you know positively there's no baptism with the Holy Ghost without the Blood, no forgiveness of sins; the Bible says that.)
Wish we could stay…longer…. The Blood speaking better things.
[48-3] (Flee) for safety; then apply. (Flee for safety. What is safety? Come under the Blood then apply. Receive the Holy Spirit.) Believe... Here is what you want to believe for. You want to believe for your own safety. You believe for safety, and then, apply the Token for the whole family. (What safety is that? The safety from wrath and judgment, now and forever, coming down the road.)
You say, "How can I do that?"
[48-4] Claim it. If it worked on you, then you and the Word becomes one. Amen! Amen! See It works for both of you. You and the Word are one. Then apply It to your children.
31Well, what does that mean 'to apply'? How can you apply the Blood or apply the Holy Ghost to your children? There's no way that you can do it. You don't have it to apply. Nobody can come along and say, "I'm going to apply the Holy Ghost to you." What it is you make room so the Holy Spirit can begin to work through what you are doing and saying. You see? So you believe and you testify; that's part of It.
[48-4] Apply it to your loved ones like Rahab did. …
Well, how did she do it? It tells you what, she came by and did some works. She made a testimony and she said, "Don't you know that those messengers were here, the ones that came out of Egypt when Egypt was destroyed, they came through the Red Sea? And those are the ones that are going to come in and take this land over just like they took over everything else. Now we've got a chance of being safe. I know I'm safe because I've got a promise. I'm in here where the scarlet thread is and if you want to come in I've got a promise that everything is going to be fine." Now that's how she applied It. She did the only thing she could do. She gave what was given to her which was a verbal commitment that she'd be safe. All right.
[48-4] You apply It. "Lord," you say, "Lord, I'm going after my son." "I'm going after my daughter. (And we'll see how that's done. I'm going after my daughter and…) I claim her, Satan, you turn her loose. I'm coming after her. I apply my Token." …He said, "Oh, Holy Spirit that lives in me, catch my daughter, there. I'm going to her, now, with your anointing upon me. He will do it. Amen.
32Well, what would be the use of going without the anointing? See? In other words, in other words, it is not necessarily you and I giving a testimony that accounts, although that's good. It was the Holy Spirit that was in it. Now end time evanglism, this is part of it. If this is part of end time evanglism in your testimony what are you going to tell the people? This is what you are going to tell them. He just described it.
[48-5] This is what they did in Egypt. This is what they did in Jericho. (Now listen!) If you want to read another, Acts 16:31. (These are all illustrations on how to apply the Token, all at different times. Now watch!) Acts 16:31. Paul told the centurion, (Now listen! You can't find this in the Bible.) "Believe; I am the messenger of the hour. (Well, you don't have to find it there. You can find it over when he talked to Aggrippa. Yes sir, you can find it different places but not there, but it doesn't have to be there, the prophet put it there so that's great. Then he said,) Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou, and thy house shall be saved." Is that right? Believe for your house. Bring them all under It.
(Watch!) Now, you've seen the God of heaven perform a miracle, just before judgment. You believed it. (See? That's what Paul said to the fellow there, the centurion. He said,) "Yes, what can I do?"
(And Paul says,)… "Rise and be baptized."
33Now what every Word did that man obey or receive in order to put him on the track? "Repent and be baptized every one in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to receive the Holy Ghost." See? And if he received the Holy Ghost then from that time on every other word becomes Light. Now here we've got a prophet saying, "I'm the messenger for this hour; here's where it starts." Now notice, I'm going to tell you something, end time evanglism. See? Because he said, "Egypt, Jericho; down where Paul was and now here."
[48-5] Paul took him out and baptized him. And he said, "Now, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you, and your house would be saved." Believe what? Believe the Lord Jesus Christ for your house. Apply the Token to your house. Then, what do you do when you apply It to your house? Move all the trash out.
That's the cleaned up, sanctified life. What can you tell anybody that smokes and drinks to come into Christ if you're smoking and drinking with him? How are you going to tell this godless age here that brought about the downfall sexually by women taking all their clothes off and men cheering them on and still have that in your house? All that garbage? What have you got to give them? Nothing! Short haired women that cut their hair so that they disobey their husbands: not that husbands are worth obeying in the majority of cases. The women have nothing left to obey but they're still not entitled to cut their hair. If they'd had stayed with their hair long and in that position God would have given them husbands that they could obey. And obedience doesn't mean, "Do this, do that, do this, do that." That's the biggest bunch of hogwash I ever heard in my life. I know there's a bunch of idiots running around the country and I know I do not qualify as one of them. I'm stupid, I am, in certain respects but not idiotic in this respect. No way, I cannot abide the junk that goes around. See?
[48-8] …You're going to apply the Token, won't stand still for it. Yes, sir. Take it all out. All the dances and the parties, …rock-and-roll, …vulgar newspapers, and the stuff that is in the world, kick it out the door.
34Now you can't…now that's your stand. That's your attitude. You say, "I've got…I've got a son and a daughter. I'm going to…I'm just going to make them knuckle down." You make who knuckle down? See? You make them tone down. There's a limit. Would you believe that Bro. Branham's daughter would have Elvis Presley in her house on a record? Where do you think Becky was going that night except for some kind of rock and roll? You apply the Token doesn't mean that you're going to beat someone on the head and throw out the television set or use the shotgun, although that's a pretty good idea I guess, but you got to be careful there might be some repercussions on that one. Just play it cool, kid, play it cool: wise as serpents and harmless as doves, not vice versa, harmless as a serpent and wise as a dove. The dove is kind of a stupid bird, all be it sweet and kind, very good.
[48-8] So, "We're cleaning up the place around here." (You're doing it but you're not making a forced issue. Except where things can be worked out.)
[49-1] Like Jacob did. He said—told his wife and all of them, said, "Wash your clothes… (Now here's a good step number one.) "Wash your clothes and everything. Put away those gods." Amen.
[49-2] You know what Joshua said before crossing…? He said, "Wash your clothes, come not at your wives, and so forth,…
35Now don't take that one too literally because that was done by a preacher and he got another guy doing it and he ended up with his daughter-in-law and he's a mess right today. Because if you think this is sexual here for you after Bro. Branham's been gone twenty years; you're dopey. You missed it entirely. That command comes into being if some time down the road; that's fine. I don't know one place at this hour, but you're supposed to do it with knowledge and wisdom. All right.
[49-2] …in three days we'll cross Jordan." …
[49-3] He was getting ready. They was applying the token. Amen. That is it.
[49-4] Get ready. Apply it. Believe it. Clean up.
I'm not denigrating Bro. Branham said here; I'm just saying you better watch what things are said here as though you can take them and run with some of these things that absolutely are not applied, that they knew within three days. And believe me, I believe in three days before you and I get caught up in the Rapture; I think we'll be here about forty days. There won't be any sex anyways, but it just means don't put it above everything like the world puts it above everything. You talk to Bro. Branham about this, you'd soon find out that…there's sure a lot of different ideas. All right.
36Now it said,
[49-4] Get ready. Apply it. Believe it. Clean up. Let your children, let your family, let your loved ones see it in you. That is right. …
In other words, if there's not something in you this reform is nothing but a reform. It's an accelerated reform in the flesh; it is not something done in the Holy Ghost.
[49-5] Now, now apply the Token in prayer with consideration, with believing. Apply It with such love, and so forth. You know it is going to take place. That is all. Apply It in confidence, believe It is going to help.
[49-6] When you talk to that child, when you talk to your husband, talk to your wife, talk to this loved one, believe that it is going to help, and stand there and say, "Lord, I've claimed them; they're mine. I'm getting them for You, Lord." (Now you don't tell them that, you just…that's in your heart, you're talking to God. Now watch! This will do what?)
[49-7] Apply It, create that atmosphere around you, that they will just drop right into it.
That's why a church service is a place where most people get saved, although I've been told by personal workers and those who write the books that more people get saved through personal work than they do in a church but the thing is this, usually personal work precedes coming to a church where the atmosphere is specially blended where people's eyes are on the Lord and they put their cares and things aside and they're loving the Lord with all their heart and that creates an atmosphere. It's just like people…having people that can take teaching, it creates an atmosphere for teaching, and if people coming in will soon get that spirit upon them where they like the teaching also. If there's a spirit in the church and the preacher is responsible, it's evangelistic.
37At least I've come to the place where I know the spirit…what spirit's been created around here and I don't have to ask that everybody has to become a teacher. I heard a young preacher the other day preaching and I know he wants every preacher to preach like him. Hogwash! I won't get excited, jump up and down, bat my eyeballs around and everything else. He can do what he wants but he wouldn't be worth two bits in this church unless he toned down or we accepted him as an evangelist and understood what he was doing. But he'd just try to take everyone and wrap them around his finger to be like him. Well, if I wanted you to be like me—Hogwash!—Forget it. There's an atmosphere that you'd create though, confidence, love, all those things; you've got to create them. They're created…in the church. They're created in the home and the person drops into it.
[49-7] …if you've got the Token, you create a spirit around you of power, …when you walk, people know…you're a Christian. In love for you to say something to them. They believe your word; what you say, they hold on to it. That's it.
38See, you're making something there that is vital. Now that's applying the Token in the real way. Now you can take out all these things up here, the TV, and all these things if you do this, but I've had a man come to me one time he's going to be a preacher he said. He said he really felt that he had a ministry and he was a sweet boy and all, and he told me his wife that he and she…they were separating and he was now not living with her, and I could see that he was a very virile type of kid and I got an idea that his wife was quite pretty.
And I said, "Your wife is really pretty."
He said, "Well, sure."
I said, "Is she well proportioned?"
I said, "Your marriage went well, was pretty good one sexually."
"Oh yeah;" but he wasn't touching her.
And so I said, "What's…what's the trouble?"
"Well, she won't obey me."
"Well, what do you expect out of obedience?"
Well, he wanted the TV knocked out of the house and she wasn't that type of person, he wanted the slacks off, he wanted this and he wanted that. The more he got his back up, the more she got her back up; and finally they split.
I said, "You go back and apologize." I said, "You came to the wrong person. If you had come to me first you might have got this thing straighten up. But you came to the wrong preachers." The old hatchet man.
I can be a hatchet man, too. I can be mean as the devil. What good's it going to do? Well, you get the devil's law which is sin, degradation and death. The last I heard the guy's back with his…he's back with his wife for years but he's not preaching. He's trying to make his marriage work. I said, "Look, you tell her kindly, don't go out…now you can wear slacks; that's all right. If you got a TV put it in your room but when we go out together people know who I am, they know you're my wife, I love you. Now look it, we buy nice clothes for you, you wear nice clothes when we go out together." See, you can work things out. You know, people just don't understand you create an atmosphere. And you create an atmosphere of bullhead, your marriage is bullhead, you've got a bullheaded atmosphere. [Congregation laughs.] See? That's all you got. You've got a bullheaded preacher and a bullheaded people; you've got a bullheaded atmosphere right there and that's where you're going.
39Now if we can create an atmosphere of being reasonable and reasoning we can have it through the whole congregation. See? Remember, it's a true story that there's not a fight until the second blow is struck. You see? "A soft answer turneth away wrath." [Prov 15:1] And so you create an atmosphere. In all of this as Bro. Branham said, "You create atmosphere. Kick out those TV's. Kick out that Christmas tree;" had one himself—middle of the road. Everything is the middle of the road, atmosphere: there's nothing in itself that is wrong; it's what you do with it.
See, look it, God created man and woman in His image and put them in flesh; nothing wrong with that but they did wrong. So you've got to watch everything. And then when Bro. Branham said, "Kick out the TV," that's the final test where the family comes together and you're working together because you know that thing is going to be bad for somebody. But to try to strangle somebody into submission…well, it could work all right but he's going to be a dead duck. No living dove you better believe that. You want a dead duck, a living dove in your house? Well, go ahead, bite them like a serpent. They'll stiffen right up. Do what you want. I do what I want. You do what you want. Sure, we do. Let's do what God wants.
40The prophet told us.
[49-8] … This is evening time.
[49-9] Now, you've been listening a long time; now it is evening time. It's applying time, now. The wrath will strike one of these days, and it might be too late…. (It will be too late, when it strikes.) Apply the Token with confidence.
Now that's true. In other words, come full of the Holy Ghost in faith, "That's what the Scripture says, full of the Holy Ghost and faith. That's what those deacons were; picked out seven men full of the Holy Ghost and faith. So they did. Oh, set the world on fire. See?
[49-10] If you wanted to read that, read something here, my Scripture…wrote down…in Ephesians 2:12, …. Let's read, Ephesians 2:12,…
41He quotes it from Hebrews but it's Eph 2:12. We want to read that. It's very, very good. All right.
(12) That at that time (you) were without Christ, (didn't have the Holy Ghost) being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, (aliens from the kingdom of God) and strangers from the covenants and promises, (weren't any good to you, so they just stood there) having no hope, (so hope was there) …without God (that was it) in the world:
(13) But now in Christ Jesus (you that) …were far off are made nigh by the blood… (See, the blood brought you to the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost puts you in. All right.)
[49-10] …then we don't serve dead works, (That's Hebrews 12, Heb 9:11-14.)
[50-1] Oh, my! With living works, living signs. You believe in living signs? …put down Hebrews 9:11-14, if you want to put that down. Living signs. Living works. Apply that. Not dead creeds.
42Well, we'll just read Hebrews…9:11-14. If I don't get finished tonight as usual so my notes for Sunday will be left over; I'll just finish off tomorrow. … All right.
(11) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, (Remember, Christ is a high priest of good things, not bad things good things that are on the way.) by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
(12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
(13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
(14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
In other words, you don't serve by rote, by works; you serve by Holy Spirit motivation which is in love, which creates an atmosphere that wants it in the right time for the right purpose and just gives itself over. That's possible. See? That's what we're aiming at here, this great family, like the father and mother they want to save the children; they'll take food out of their mouths, sleep from their eyes, clothes off their back. Well, what kind of kids would see their parents without any clothes on their back and no food either? No, I tell you what we're all in this thing together. So the parents show love, the children show love. So therefore, in the body of Christ at this end time it's a great prospect open to our vision which [is] serving God as a family. See? Real love and unity. Now I'm believing for that, brother/sister, I don't know what you're believing for but I'm believing for it. Somebody's got to have it. You say, "Well, I don't think I'm a fit candidate." Who said you were? I'm not either. We're not talking about candidates; we're talking about God's Word and you take God's Word you become that promise, you become the living Word of God in your flesh, the Bible says, the prophet said so. See, now.
[50-1] Living works, …. Not dead creeds.
[50-2] "I'll take my boy (said this woman) over to the church, and see he joins the church." Some fine Christian boy, here, a good friend, old buddy, a real fellow, he came down here, was baptized. (Now this is a true story.) His mother said, "I wish you had gone to a bigger church, if you wanted to be baptized." He just didn't want old dead creeds and things.
[50-3] We don't serve dead creeds and dead gods. We serve a living God, Whose Blood was shed back there, and the Token has been applied to us that we live, also. Amen. Yes, sir.
[50-4] Don't serve some dead creeds. They even deny such things as the Token.
43You see now if you believe those dead creeds and things after the baptism of the Holy Ghost knowing this hour—now that was okay years ago, but this age, "No!"—here's a flange. You're not of Laodicea. This is the greatest hour of history—See?—where Adam and Eve can come back. See, Adam and Eve were just children of God. Reach the Tree of Life and live forever. See? Tremendous, it's great tremendous thing here. No dead creeds there, see. Don’t serve dead creeds. Don't believe this church stuff that they teach you, saying,
[50-4] …the days of miracles are passed. (Deny the Holy Ghost.) …no such thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Why join something like that? Don't do that.
[50-5] Apply the Token, …
What's applying the Token there? Actually taking the Holy Spirit as your confidante and Head, not something else. Well, how can He be my confidante and Head? You saw That didn't you? You know what That's all about. Take That. Remember old Elisha, he was a pretty good old boy and yet he said, "Now," he said, "I'd like a double portion."
Well, Elijah said, "Well, if you can see me when I'm taken up you'll have a double portion. You can have my mantle." So the mantle fell off and he goes to the River Jordan and he says, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" Phbbbt! He didn't said, "Where's the Lord God of Elisha, lest there be a God." "Well," he said, "let's see the Lord God of Elijah."
Let's see the Lord God of William Branham. Give me a portion of the Lord God of William Branham. I don't care what's out there in the denominations and any place else. See, you've got to identify. You've got to identify. See?
44Look at old Naaman at the time he got healed. Why he knew there was no god but Israel's God but he knew the king had him on the spot, because he was the big shot general. And the king would lean on his arm when he went to worship old Dagon, the fish face god. Oh, there's a lot of fish face gods around the country. [Congregation laughs.] Man alive, there's just scores of them, you know, in politics and everything else.
And so he said to old Elijah, he said, "Elijah," he said, "Hey," he said, "is it all right," he said, "if I worship God while I stand before Dagon." [2 Kings 5]
He said, "Yeah, that would be okay." Huh? Why? Because he was identified.
45Now I never saw the Pillar of Fire but I sure know there's been a Pillar of Fire because there's a picture of It. I never saw Him in judgment but there's a picture of It. I sat in that room and didn't see anything. I wasn't even interested in seeing something. In fact I was disinterested and not wanting even to see It Lee, because it might put me under obligation.
He said, "Bro. Vayle, do you see that Pillar of Fire?"
I said, "No, Bill, but I see the one that does see It."
That takes care of it. I don't worry about it. He said so. I believe it. I never saw Him fail yet. I don't know that I'm just that good about all the things in the Word here, but by the grace of God It will come.
[50-5] Apply the Token, then serve the Living God, for living works, living signs: signs that heal the sick, raise the dead, foretell things, speak in tongues, interpret every time perfectly right, prophesy, …say this, …such…things…happen, will show signs in the Heaven above and on earth— (Now we're hitting the prophet now, we're hitting just a little bit out of…I think out of you and me, but ninety percent covers you and me. Sure.)…Speaking exactly what the Bible said would take place. Serve the Living God. Apply the Token.
46In other words, look, we're actually living and saying the things that's in the Bible by a living God and if it's by a living God and we're supposed to be His creatures then It's going to live through us. See? Because that's what He desires.
[50-6] Don't go to those churches, … join those old dead works and things like that, because they don't even believe in such things as signs, but we who believe—Amen!—know....
[50-7] "They say there is no such a thing as a sign. … Oh, that is nonsense, what they talk about. That's crazy. Why, there is no such a thing. Why, do all you women, the way you dress…the way you have your hair…?" Why the Bible said so. That is just the difference. Touch not; handle not; taste not; He is God. Now, it does mean something.
[50-8] Now, (Listen!) they think it is crazy, but to us who believe and know the Truth, we know It is His Living Presence, for It does the same things…He did when He was here on earth. Amen.
So you can see he's talking about his own ministry nearly all the way through. Then what is applying the Token? It's starting with this hour. See? Here's been the answer to evolution and everything else.
[51-1] Oh, they say, "They just imagine they see the Pillar of Fire."
Oh, no. Oh, no. We don't imagine a thing. They thought Paul imagined it, too. The Egyptians thought Israel imagined it, but it took them to the promised land. Yes, sir. (Now what's going to take us there? The Pillar of Fire, Christ. Now listen to what he says.)
[51-2] Hebrews 13:8, you know, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever," if you're putting that down. That He is the same. They say it is some imagination.
47What's he talking about Heb 13:8? Pillar of Fire and here It is. Jehovah in a Pillar of Fire was in the flesh is back to the Pillar of Fire. Oh, later on I got some good quotes on that about the body. One good quote anyway, you don't many of them.
[51-3] When I wrote these…Scriptures I wrote down here, I know where the Scriptures are, and that is how I go to it. (Now listen!)
[51-4] Knowing it is His living Presence, for He does the same in this Spirit. Now, if—had done gone off into some creed or denomination, we would know right quick, it wasn't Christ. Is that right?
What's he trying to tell you? He's trying to tell you, look, before anything was ever said there was vindication. Just like Elijah said, "If Baal is God serve him; if God is God serve Him. Let's find out." There was no bandying of words and bringing up the Ten Commandments and talking about dear old Moses and their dear old history and their dear old this and their dear old that. He wasn't interested and he cared less. He said, "Let's find out." And boy, when they found out there was bloodshed, four hundred prophets got their heads chopped off good and quick. Now we're not out doing that but the Word in the Bride when she's going to get out of here and she getting out of here by that Word, the same Word is going to come back and destroy all this stuff that's on the earth, leave neither root nor branch. See? Yes sir.
48Now listen! He said,
[51-4] Knowing it is His Living Presence, for He does the same things in this Spirit. Now, if—it had gone off in some creed or denomination, we would know right quick, it wasn't Christ. Is that right? If I led you to some creed or something another, I'd be sent from some denomination; but…I'm bringing you…I'm not bringing you creeds, and I'm teaching you…I'm [not] teaching you denominationsal (truths, or so-called doctrine); I'm teaching you the Word of God, which is the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, manifested—not only for me, but…whosoever will, ….
49That is Eph 1:17-23, that Spirit with revelation brings on the Resurrection; Shout, Voice, Trumpet because in [verse] 23 it's the Rapture, caught up. My, that is just as clear as a-b-c.
[51-5] Then you—you are my brother. I'm not a great person, …I'm a little person. We're all little persons in God. We are His little children. We know nothing, what we really ought to know. He lets us know as He will,…
How could…how could you know for the Token? As soon as you get the Token do you know it all? No, you're placed in a position to know what you need to know and no errors; the flange is down. There's nothing gets in you; you're sealed. Nothing gets in the Bride because there's going to be a Rapture. See?
Back in the Garden there were two people that wanted to reach forth their hand. Now today there is two want to reach forth their hand. One has already done it. One is Jesus the Christ. Now we're the Bride, we're waiting like Eve; we're waiting to stretch forth our hands. Our Adam has stretched forth His hand; He's immortal; we're waiting to stretch forth our hands and become immortal. See? But since we're in Him as one, the Bride and Groom is one, we're going to get our immortality. No, there's no two ways about it, but somebody is going to get it. If you and I don't, there's somebody that's going to get it. That's for sure. You just can't by-pass this and believe in God. We're all little persons, you see?
[51-5] He lets us know as He will, and we are thankful to Him for what we do know of His blessings. (Now they couldn't know This and This except it's ours. They couldn't know it except right up here. See? Couldn't know it.)
[51-6] Now, and I don't share this by myself; I want to share it with you. (See, now there's God in His prophet. That's how it started, then He comes to the Bride, and as he shares, it comes to the Bride. This is part of the Seals. It's after 1963.) I want you into it, …I want you to receive this Token. And if you haven't done it, many of you—most of you, have already done so—but if…you haven't done it... (See, I'm talking on the tape too; you understand….) And many of you—and I don't say here in the church, we're all come out, I suppose, but here there may be thousands times thousands…hear the tape. … It is my ministry. There will be somebody…slip into Jericho, you know, with a tape. So we want to... we ought to catch that predestinated Seed when it goes in there, see, because the wrath is coming.
[51-7] Know that it is the Presence of the Living God.
50Not presence of William Branham, and not the presence of a Bride, and not the living God in the Bride, little tiny bit each; it's the Presence of God. See? Not the God that's in Africa and all over Europe; it's where that Pillar of Fire is right now. Where is He? I don't know. He's got to be somewhere. He didn't go away. He's in a dimension here.
[51-7] Know…I want you to know…it is the Presence of the Living God. And it proves that God has raised Him up according to His promised Word. "A little while and the world…sees Me no more." Jericho, Egypt, they will see Me no more. (same as this world.) Yet you…see Me, (There it is.) for I…the personal pronoun…always referred to, …I, see, be with you. I am the Token. My resurrection is the Token. (Sure.) The works that I do will identify you—will identify Me in you." (Oh, that's prophet. You can't get away from that. See? Now listen! Prove it to you.)
[52-1] "As it was in the days of Lot, …it will be in the coming of the Son of man,"—when the evening Message goes forth. For it shall be Light about the evening time. Just about the evening time, the Light would come…would come on. Glory to God! Makes me feel like I could run through a troop and leap over a wall.
[52-2] "It shall be Light about the evening time." That is right. The prophet said so. And "I'll be with you. (Now watch!) I'll be in the Lutheran age; I'll be in the Wesleyan age; I'll be in the Pentecostal age. But it—right at the evening time, it will come Light." The denominations will fade away, …then the Token will be applied.
Now if He was there before why wasn't He applied? He was but not like now because only that little life was there. See, down here a little bit. Now He's come down, all around. Don't tell me He didn't. The prophet said so. See?
[52-2] Now, …Pentecostal age. But…right at the evening time, it will…be light." The denominations will fade away, ….
[52-3] And all these that are honest in heart, down through that... (That's that bunch, Pentecost, Luther, Wesley.) Without you they won't be made perfect, but in you... It is like... The head has to…take the foot. The head has to…take the hand. The head has to…take the heart. The head has to…take the mouth…. The head has to go to the end time.
51In other words, the Head takes everything that is down here. Take everything. It's got to come. Take it all. See? Where is He coming to? He's not going to where the dead are; He comes to the Bride here by the Holy Spirit, not physical now, not physical. Don't ever think that.
[52-4] Now, we're at the end time where the token was applied on the lintel of the door, (Don't you see? We're at the end time where the Token was applied on the lintel of the door) and on the post. (It's right to the lintel now, the whole circle.) … "When I see the blood being a token, I'll pass over you." (When I see up here, at this point here, that's the time of the sealing in. That's at the time of the ministry of identification, the whole thing. Now I'll be very quick now he said, just five or ten minutes…)
[52-6] Proves that God raised Him up from the dead. You believe it? He is living amongst us today. …that I, is Christ, and that I, is with us to the end of the— consummation, which means the end of the world?—the end of the world. According to His promised Word; He promised it. "And the works that I do shall you do, also." (Now brother/sister, that is Matthew 4 and Matthew 12; that is not you and I, that is a singular in the prophet. We know that.)
[52-7] It is not nonsense to us. It is the Token. (That is Jn 14:12.) It is the Token. We accept this sacrificial Blood... We accept His sacrificial Blood. Then it gives… us the Life, the Token, a seal of His promise. Ephesians 4:30, … "Grieve not the" blood(?)—no, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit, whereby ye are covenanted, put away (seal and so on) …covenanted; you are a Token; the Holy Spirit will be the seal..."
[52-8] When anything is sealed inside of a seal, you better not break it. Can't break it—not God's seal. No. ... "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed until the day of your redemption, when the body's raised up."
52In other words, he's saying now with Him here in this end time hour it's more important not to grieve the Holy Spirit than ever, is to not come against It, not deny, not deny the Presence, the power of Almighty God and to be sure to create the atmosphere, be obedient and yielding.
[53-1] It is a seed, a sign, that the seed has been germitized with Eternal Life, growing…, My Own Life, and I'll raise it up again, at the last day.
See? Proving that that Life that was brought here is come to full fruition. We're right back to the place where what went in the ground has proven It's come back in this hour which is the very manifestation that God manifested when He was here in human flesh has come right back to perfect manifestation of this hour proving He is here. Proving He's here, what for? For Headship; for the Word to bring forth a Bride.
[53-2] As you walk, you have confidence that the Life of Christ is in you, and you are in Him.
53Why? Because you're identified with the fruit. You don't do that by tongues. You don't do that by sensation. You do it by something entirely outside of you, period. You saw It. You know It. You know all about It. You say, "That is what I want." You are right back where it was at Pentecost. "What must I do?" "Repent," which is the first thing that this age has got to do because the message is repentance, "Change your minds. Get away from it." See? "Come right into It." From that time on there's going to be a drying out, a maturing right back to the original.
[53-2] By one Spirit…baptized into one Body, and sealed there by the Holy Ghost, (Now watch!) …baptized into one Body, and sealed there by the Holy Ghost,….
Not just an individual infilling now but the actual One Himself. See, now He's taking Headship now, you tell me how the devil can break into Headship. See, tell me how he can break in anywhere in here. Seven Seals is Rev 10:1-7. See? There it is. Sure, there was silence in heaven; because He came down here on earth. That's what we're looking at. It's all over at the end time. Now you have confidence.
[53-3] Oh, my. Apply the Token. (That's receive It. Let It have Its way with you.) That is what it means to us. We expect the sacrifice to give us Life, and it does. Then, it gives us the Token, …we apply the Token, which is the seal....
[53-4] … What a great thing it is. Being partakers, baptized by this one Spirit, into this…mystical Body of Christ. (The Mystical Body of Christ.) Did I say that…right? (I guess he said, "Mythical Body of Christ;" yeah, he said 'mythical' and I wrote out 'mystical' there.) …mystical Body of Christ. Did I say that…right? No. Mystical. Mystic, mystic body. Mystic body of Jesus Christ.
[53-5] See, the Holy Spirit said, "You're saying that wrong." A dummy, like me, but He said, "You're saying that wrong." I caught mythical, which is mystic body of Jesus Christ. The mystical body of Jesus Christ. ... we don't need an education, we need the Holy Spirit. He is the One; He's the One. That might…stumbled somebody, somewhere, some educator. Now, I hope he gets it right. The mystical body, mystic body... It will be right… It will be for something, because He wouldn't have said that. He is right here, now. He is right here at the pulpit. (He doesn't say, "in the pulpit." Now if he was just talking about the Holy Ghost in him you could actually say, "He's in me in the pulpit.") He is right out there. … (Then he said, "He is right out there." In other words, He is right before him. This is He.)
[53-6] And in Him is no death. In Him is no sorrow. In Him is no weary. …no sickness. …no sin. …no death. And we are in Him.
That's enough for tonight. We're right at the end of the line. All right. Let's bow our heads and pray.
54 Heavenly Father, we come today in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ asking You for grace and mercy Lord, for the rest of this service we go into Lord, which is communion, fellowship Lord, around the emblems, fellowship with each other. Now knowing we're one big family Lord, surely we are because we've got one Blood, we got one Life, and if that doesn't make one family I don't know what does.
Now Lord, may it be that we begin to realize this and hold our hearts out and our minds out to it, to repentance by the help of the Holy Ghost and He certainly gives us help that we will recognize our position as one family and begin to live It, and we know Lord, that we don't know Lord, at this point what it all means but we know one thing it does mean it's going from grace to grace and glory to glory, and it's going to be a never ending thing.
So Father, may we all be one. Let all our lives just be open with each other in love and kindness as a real family of God which we are, praying Lord, that we might be witnesses unto You, we might be examples unto the people, as the prophet said, "A minister to the minister, a brother to brother, a brother to a sister," right on down the line, a help to the helper, whatever is necessary, the needy Lord, whatever is necessary that we would be that. We cannot be all things in the sense of being chameleons but we can be all things to all men in the sense of Christ because all things are in you… [Tape ends.]